The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Advanced Placement Summer Institute Instructors
Pre-AP Professional Development in English; Amanda Burgin
Ms. Amanda Burgin has taught at Valley View Middle School in the Ysleta Independent School District since 1992. She earned both a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts and Masters Degree in British and American Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso. She began presenting at College Board workshops in 1998. She was selected as one of the District's Top Ten Secondary Teachers of the Year for the 2007-2008 school year. She was cowriter of the Texas Schools to Watch application which was accepted making Valley View one of two schools in the El Paso area that are identified as one and one of five in the state of Texas for the 2014-2015 school year. Valley View is also listed as a National School to Watch.
She has served on several curriculum committees for the Ysleta Independent School District and attended the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Belfer National Conference for Teachers in Washington D.C. As a yearbook sponsor, she has produced fifteen books. She is the campus’ U.I.L. Ready Writing coach.
She had her first story, "Snow Bound," published May 24, 2007 in Chinook Volume 7 published by Blackfly Press and still continues to write and publish online.
Pre-AP Professional Development in Mathematics (High School); Brian Wynne
Brian D. Wynne has been a high school mathematics teacher for 19 years and has taught subjects ranging from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus BC. Currently he serves as the mathematics department chair and teaches Honors Algebra I and AP Calculus AB at Alpharetta High School in Alpharetta, Georgia--a suburb of Atlanta. Dr. Wynne also serves as a consultant for the College Board and has facilitated one-day workshops involving Math Vertical Teams as well as week-long Pre-AP summer institutes for middle school and high school teachers. His professional interests include creating assessment items in mathematics, increasing rigor in teaching mathematics, and encouraging students to think deeply about and connect topics within mathematics.
Pre-AP Professional Development in Mathematics (Junior High School); Vivian Stephens
I received my B.S. Ed. from the University of Georgia in 1976, my M. Ed. from Georgia State University in 1983, and my Ed. S. from Georgia State University in 1991. In 1976, I began my teaching career at Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Ga. and taught mathematics in grades 7-12 in Oconee County and Dalton City Schools for 31 years. I also taught mathematics at the college level. I have also supervised teacher candidates during their field experience for the college teacher-training program at Kennesaw State University. I have been a College Board Consultant for Mathematics Vertical Teams Workshops, Problem Solving in Mathematics Workshops, Algebraic Thinking, Analyzing Data, Systems of Equations Using Technology Workshops, Effective Thinking and Cornerstones Workshops since 1999. I have presented workshops at NCTM and the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM) conferences and taught many staff development courses for the Dalton Public School System, Kipp Tulsa Middle School in Tulsa Oklahoma, and the Washington County Schools in Tennessee. Named as one of the three Georgia Secondary Mathematics State Finalists for The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1998, I have received numerous awards for the teaching of mathematics. I am married to Mr. James Stephens and we have two daughters and one son-in-law.
Pre-AP Professional Development in Science; Marshall Welch
Marshall Welch has been a high school science educator for 27 years with the last 18 of those at Alpena High School in northwest Arkansas. He works also as a part time faculty member at North Arkansas College where he is a physical science, astronomy, and biology instructor. While at Alpena, he has taught AP Biology for 10 years. He has instructed the Pre-AP Biology classes for 18 years. In 2015, Marshall was recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher. He adheres to a curriculum framework driven instruction philosophy that has resulted in recognition of his students as a top 20 high school in his state for most improved end of course biology exam performance over a period from 2007-2013 by the Office of Educational Performance (OEP) at the University of Arkansas. Marshall initiated a competitive high school science research program that has witnessed over 1,400 regional, state, and international science fair awards won by students. He has had the privilege of mentoring 24 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists. He has also collaborated with the Alpena FFA Chapter to produce over 100 National FFA Agriscience Fair Finalists. 15 of those were national award winners earning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place honors.
Marshall was selected among a small group of high school science educators to be trained as a College Board Professional Development Consultant in April 2013. He was trained in Chicago and has presented professional development events for the New York Stem Initiative, Texas Gear Up, Oklahoma Department of Education, Gwinnett County (Georgia) Schools, Columbus (Georgia) Public Schools, and the Los Angeles Unified School District along with local events in Arkansas. He has presented over 16 Advanced Placement Summer Institutes in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. He finds the move to a framework driven and inquiry-based curriculum in the AP sciences an interesting challenge and enjoys helping teachers transition to this direction of AP Science education.
Pre-AP Professional Development in Social Sciences and History; Susan Hollier
Susan Hollier taught Advanced Placement Human Geography, World Geography, and Honors World History at The Woodlands High School for 17 years. She consults for the College Board in Advanced Placement Human Geography and Pre-Advanced Placement World Geography, and is a National Training Leader for SoapStone, as well as having served as a reader for the Advanced Placement Human Geography Qualifying Test. She served on the TEA Lighthouse AP/TEKS Document Writing Team for Social Studies. Susan is a 2002 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council of Geographic Education and is listed in Who’s Who in American Teachers. Her classes have received national recognition for winning the National NewsBowl Current Events Competition and placing in the National Geography Olympiad. She is the World Affairs Council Houston’s 2004 International Educator of the Year, a recipient of the Coca- Cola Scholars Joseph B. Whitehead 2006 Educator of Distinction Award and the 2007 Nobel National Society of High School Scholars Educator of Distinction Award. She has served as the K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Committee Member of the NCGE Executive Planning Board and was selected to present at the Inaugural International Symposium on Territorial Geography in Seoul, Korea and at the 4th International Conference on Geographic Naming and Geographic Education in Seoul. The Marshall Legacy Institute selected her as the 2010 Joan Wismer Award recipient in Washington, DC. In 2011, Ms. Hollier received the Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for Exceptional Secondary Education. Ms. Hollier holds a BS degree from Louisiana State University.
AP US History; Robert A. Handy
Dr. Robert Handy’s 40+ years teaching career has included a private Catholic school in Baltimore City, public schools including Southampton Middle School, Fallston Middle/High School, and Bel Air High School. He has served as an instructor for The College Board in workshops since 2003.
Dr. Handy has taught government, law, AP US history, and AP Art history at both Fallston and Bel Air High School. Dr. Handy hosted President Ronald Reagan, 1985, during a 35 minute press conference with his students while teaching at Fallston High School. He was the Harford County Teacher of the year, and a Maryland Teacher of the Year, in 1988. During five summers in the 1990's, he as affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Princeton University, and participated in a program of "teachers teaching teachers" in over 20 cities and colleges in the United States. In 2004, he was named Maryland's first Preserve America history teacher of the year from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American history and Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States. He has been named AP Reader for the Educational Testing Service. He completed his work toward US Regional AP US History Certification, The College Board, 2003 and updated this certification in April 2016. He has directed American history workshops in over 50 schools and colleges since the early 1990’s as well as serving as a textbook reviewer for America’s History (AP Edition 2016-Bedford St. Martin’s) and U.S. History and Geography (McGraw-Hill) 2015.
Dr. Handy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park; in 2000, he completed his doctorate degree from Morgan State University, researching high school dropouts. Post-graduate work has included Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia Universities.
AP English Language and Composition; Rebecca Cox
Rebecca (Becky) Cox has taught AP English Language and Composition for over 25 years at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has also served as adviser for Connotations, the school’s literary magazine. To strengthen her skills in this area, she became a member of the Board of Judges for several journalism associations: Columbia Scholastic Press, National Scholastic Press, and Southern Interscholastic Press. She continues to judge literary magazines in areas of writing and design. In 1990, she became a reader for the AP English Language and Composition Exam and then became a table leader in 1997. She will continue her role as a table leader this summer at the reading. In 1997, she became a College Board Consultant and has conducted APSIs and College Board Conferences in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida. This summer she will conduct APSIs in Texas and Louisiana. She has also worked for Pearson as a professional scorer for the SAT and other state tests. After teaching for forty years, she retired from the Fayetteville Public School District but continues her work with the College Board.
AP Spanish Language and Culture; Amalia Gensman
Amalia Barreiro Gensman is a native of Mexico City. She has 38 years of teaching experience. She has been World Languages Department Coordinator and teacher at Eisenhower Senior High School and has worked as an adjunct teacher at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. She has been a College Board Consultant for 14 years. She has also participated in the Advanced Placement Exam Reading for 14 years. Amalia is former Vice-Chair of the State of Oklahoma Textbook Selection Committee and is a current member of the State of Oklahoma Teacher Certification Examination Committee. In September 2010, she received the Eusebio Beltran Educator of the year award. In March 2014 she received the Golden Eagle Award for Excellence in Education from Lawton Public Schools. She is currently semi-retired concentrating in AP teaching and consulting.